You will picked-up from your hotel in Diani/Mombasa/Nairobi and drive to the Taveta border where our Tanzania
Driver will pick you up to proceed to your hotel in Moshi for overnight and rest before proceeding with the
safari on the following day.
6 Days Marangu Route
The Marangu Route is also known as the “Coca Cola” or “tourist” route. It is the easiest and shortest route to the
summit. This is also the only route with the comforts of sleeping huts with solar lights and comfortable beds. The
huts are communal, and the bunks have a sponge mattress and pillow. There are 60 beds at both Mandara and Kibo
Huts and 120 beds at Horombo Hut. Bathrooms and running water are available at the two lower huts. .
All climbing groups, often from several countries around the world, share meals in dining huts providing a jovial
and energetic atmosphere. Soft drinks, bottled water, and beer are available for sale at the huts. Bring small
Tanzanian bills to purchase these items (prices increase with elevation).
This route is usually done on 5 days but can be done in 6 days for better acclimatization. The extra day can be spent
resting at Horombo or climbing the small peak of
Day 1: Kilimanjaro National Park Gate to Mandara Hut
After breakfast and briefing, drive to the Kilimanjaro Park Gate (about 45 minutes), register and start the climb.
Walking through the rainforest to the Mandara Campsite. A side trip to Maundi Crater here is a good to see the
surroundings including Northern Tanzania and part of Kenya. In the rainforest, look for towering Eucalyptus foliage
trees, bird life, and rare Colobus monkeys.
1. Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft
2. Distance: 9km/5mi
3. Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
4. Habitat: Montane Forest
Day 2: Hike Mandara Hut to Horombo Hut
You leave the glades of the rainforest and follow an ascending path on the open moorlands to the Horombo
encampment. Views of Mawenzi and the summit of Kibo are amazing. Look for giant lobelias and grounsels. You
may begin to feel the affects of the altitude.
1. Elevation: 2700m/8875ft to 3700m/12,200ft
2. Distance: 12km/7.5mi
3. Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
4. Habitat: Heathland
Day 3: Rest Day at Horombo Hut
Rest day at Horombo Hut with optional hike by Mawenzi Peak.
Day 4: Hike Horombo Hut to Kibo Hut
Ascending, we now pass the last watering point, walking onto the saddle of Kilimanjaro between the peaks of Kibo
and Mawenzi. Vegetation begins with upper heathland but then disappears into “moonscape”. Dinner, rest, and
prepare for summit climb.
1. Elevation: 3700m/12,200ft to 4700m/15,500ft
2. Distance: 9km/5.5mi
3. Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
4. Habitat: Alpine Desert
Day 5: Hike Kibo Hut to Summit, and down to Horombo Hut
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), commence the climb to the summit on steep and heavy scree or snow
up to Gilman’s point located on the crater rim. Continuing, we now ascend to Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point
in Africa. There are unbelievable views at every turn. Have your picture taken at the summit to show your friends
and family. From here we descend, stopping for lunch and a rest at Kibo before continuing on to the Horombo
The beginning of this climb is done in the dark and requires headlamps or flashlights. It will be very cold until you
start descending, so you will need all of your warm layers. This is by far the most difficult part of the trek with many
switchbacks. Going slowly “pole pole” and an optimistic attitude will get you there!
1. Elevation: 4700m/15,500ft to 5895m/19,340ft Down to 3700m/12,200ft
2. Distance: 6km/4mi up / 15km/9mi down
3. Hiking Time: 6-8 hours up / 15km/9mi down
4. Habitat: Alpine Desert
Day 6: Hike Horombo Hut to trail head, drive to Moshi
After breakfast, a steady descent takes us down through moorland to the Mandara Hut. Continue descending through
lush forest path to the National Park gate at Marangu. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and
trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing
A vehicle will meet you at Marangu village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 1 hour). Don’t forget to
tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration!
1. Elevation: 3700m/12,139ft to 1860m/6102ft
2. Distance: 20km/12.5mi
3. Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
4. Habitat: Forest
Meals: Breakfast Included
Our driver will pick you up from the Taveta border back to your hotel in Diani/Mombasa/Nairobi
Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
18% VAT on tour fees & services
3 Season mountain tents
Double layered Sleeping Mats
Transportation to & from the mountain gate
Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
3 meals daily while on the mountain
Filtered water throughout the trek
Pre & Post Trek accommodation
Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park
Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
2- way private transfers to Taveta border in Tanzania
2-way private transfers to Taveta border in Kenya
Tips to mountain crew
Items of a personal nature
A doctor for the group